KitKat and Nestle hit the sweet spot in the reduction of carbon emissions by 2025

03-05-2021

KitKat has pledged carbon neutrality by removing both internal and external emissions in the hopes of reducing overall emissions by the year 2025.

Back in 2019, the company published an action plan, a Cocoa & Forest Initiative which in subsequent years guided their corporate social responsibility (CSR).

The company is measuring its own carbon footprint through working in tandem with Carbon Trust, a sustainability and climate change organisation to be completed by the later part of this year.

Not only does the company plan to invest a sum of CHF 1.2 billion (US$1.3 million) to help spark regenerative agriculture across their supply chain, as part of a total investment of CHF 3.2 billion (US$3.4bn) by 2025, they will switch over to 100% sustainable palm oil and implement other initiatives such as replanting trees and forests.

In fact, one such initiative is an overall aim to plant five million shade trees where cocoa is sourced from by the year 2025.

Due to the large-scale production of their trademark chocolate bar, a significant proportion of their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions stems from the production of livestock feed and methane.

Cocoa and milk are therefore two main culprits behind KitKat’s emissions. Over the past two decades, the company has effectively reduced their energy emission by about 40% in total.

Two other product lines, Garden Gourmet and Nespresso, have already committed to achieving this goal by next year.

In Australia and around the Asia Pacific region, the company has already committed to these sustainable practices.

Although spokespeople for the company are unable to verify specific carbon dioxide emission numbers at the moment, they hope to work closer with the Carbon Trust about the possibility of using data to introduce carbon labels on their signature products in the near future.